Gikomero HC in preventing early pregnancies
Written by: Administrator
Monday, August 7th, 2017, 11:55
Gikomero health centre has directed immense effortsto reduce early and unwanted pregnancies in adolescents whereby the health centre concentrates on SRG services.
The head of Gikomero health centre, GentilleN.Mukafurere said, “It is important to teach reproductive health to adolescents - teaching girls how to prevent unwanted pregnancies and family planning methods.
Discussions on reproductive health among adolescents were secret and the goals were not fully achieved. Parents never understood the whole process and its intentions until the approach was changed. The health centre makes outreaches in schools and on villages to interact with the youth on reproductive health – a strategy that has become popular in communities.
The youth in the area are now used to this service and whenever they encounter a problemthey go to the health centre to seek advice.
When Gikomero health centrewas established in 2008, family planning services were among the first services to be introduced though were well streamlined. Other services included vaccination and consultation. Three months later maternity services wereintroduced as well.
Currently, Gikomero health centreprovides all services which are found under the category of a health centre.
Role of community health workers in tackling mortality rate
In Gikomerothere are 60 community health workers including 40 responsible for the health of children under five years and other 20 responsible for the health of children and mothers right from conception to delivery.
UweraLucieFidelite, the in-charge of community health workers in Gikomero says, “Wetreat diseases like pneumonia, diarrhoea, simple cough as well as testing and treating malaria.”
Infant mortality rate has been on the decline due to interventions bycommunity health workers.They put emphasis on the necessity of taking children for treatment in time and for regular check-ups.
Community health workers sensitize pregnant women to conduct antenatal testsfrom three months of pregnancy and keep reminding them to bring their children for treatment through rapid SMS, this minimizesmany health risks.
Before, mothers would deliver from homes and this could sometimes lead to deaths. Today, they sensitize them on the importance of neonatal visits and they are responsive.
Mukafureresaid that the infrastructure was established way back in 2008. By then, it had one staff. After three or four months the number of staff increased to three.
Staff capacity increased
Today, they are about 18 workers including medical staff and in different departments and an additional company which comprises of 7 workers, which implies that the institution has a staff of about 25 workersand other three workers from the section of community based health insurance.
The staff at Gikomero health centre have different academic levels ranging from certificate to diploma university holders. It is quite remarkable that they increased from one staff member to about 25 todate.
There is a government policy in conjunction with the ministry of health of preventing diseases; “we normally prevent tuberculosis, types of liver diseases, diabetes, and high blood pressure. There are programs they put in place through teaching, and the service of treating on the field, like treating eyes. Among such diseases, includinghigh blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, tuberculosis and encouraging the citizens to practice physical exercises.
Gikomero health centre improved on medicines delivery
MujwawayezuAulerie, a nurse in charge of pharmacy at Gikomero health centre said that the system of eLMISthat is the Health ministry’s electronic system of delivering drugs to health centres across the country has enhanced efficiency and the speed of the distribution and management of drugs.
The health centre has a special machine which cleans babies born with new-born jaundice (yellow eyes) and the eyes become clean.